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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Morton Morse (1861-1931)

Hardware merchant.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 15 July 1861, he was educated at Upper Canada College then came to Manitoba soon after graduation. He went into partnership with Hyman Miller in a wholesale hardware business, Miller-Morse Hardware Company.

On 22 August 1888, he married Ruth Ella Cumming (1865-1931) of Birtle, Manitoba. They had four sons: Stanley Cumming Morse (b 1890), Gerald Morton Morse (b 1892), Eric David Morse (b 1894), and Frederick Garth Morse (b 1896). He was one of the founders of the St. Charles Country Club. He was also a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, and Lakewood Country Club. His home at 515 Wellingon Crescent, where he resided from 1905 to 1920, was designed by architect J. H. G. Russell.

He sold his business to the Marshall Wells Company in 1926 and retired to Paris, France. He returned to Canada three weeks before his death, which occurred at Toronto, Ontario on 16 October 1931. He was buried there.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Miller-Morse Building (86-88 Princess Street, Winnipeg)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. Frank M. Morse succumbs in Paris”, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 1931, page 2.

“F. Morton Morse dies in Toronto”, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 1931, page 7.

Crescentwood: A History by R. R. Rostecki, Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2012

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